SHERYL CROW-TAKING THE “HI” ROAD-with a big groove-miles from memphis blu-ray review-john emms


Sheryl Crow and her killer band simply re-invent Crow’s sound while hitting the groove cleaner then most bands would  even dream about doing.                                                            Like any good vocalist Crow loves to be surrounded by intuitive players.  Her band at this show is exceptional and the section of Tommy Simms on bass, drummer Victor Indrizzo and guitarist Chris Bruce are cohesive but not afraid  to extend the groove machine for the purpose of bumping up the tracks.

In fact it should be said Crow and the band get heavy duty spiritual in some of the extended pieces

A lot of the highlights on this blu-ray are on new tracks like Our Love is Fading, the well written title track, and the slow burn of Sideways. 

Guitarist Doyle Bramhall 11 is on board and a joy to watch.

 His presence and  groove is like glue.

In some small instances on the 5.1 mix I wish his solo guitar lines were mixed a little higher in volume. It’s a minor quip, because most of the time it”s fine and the band is in flames.

A lot of Crow’s hit material like A Change Would Do You Good and Every Day is a Winding Road has been funkified and retooled

The concert takes on those particular  tracks may throw the audience at first.  But the format is loose and juicy like Exile era Stones and Otis Redding road bands. This is where  Crow and her band  let the audience take them to another place.

That my friends is good company 

18 songs in hi-def..with a very strong 5.1 and stereo mix. Not a greatest hits show. Excellent bonus feature with Crow and the band

Simply a dandy to cherish in your blu-ray collection.  This is no phone in show folks.


JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, musician www.theshaftmen.com and has a killer online radio show http://emms.podbean.com/

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June 2011

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